Work underway on RPG replacement
Written by Leon Engelbrecht, Monday, 08 November 2010
The Armscor Bulletin System says the work, worth R542 441.21, and awarded Thursday, was an extension of contract ETMG/2006/344. A similar workshare, worth R1 399 275,00 was awarded in February.
The Army has a stated requirement for a new generation portable infantry antitank rocket launcher for Zone 1 antitank defence. The Army currently uses the Russian-designed RPG-7 (pictured), a 40mm recoilless rocket launcher first delivered to the Soviet Army in 1961 and deployed at the section level. The weapon weighs 8.5kg loaded and fires a 2.25kg projectile (1.75kg warhead) to an effective range of between 300m (moving target) and 500m (stationary target). The high-explosive antitank round can penetrate 320mm of rolled homogenous armour. The warhead self-destructs after 900m.
The Army formerly used the Denel FT-5, billed as a highly effective, man-portable, recoilless shoulder launched anti-armour and bunker-busting weapon. This, in turn, replaced the French LRAC-89. Production of the 100mm FT-5 commenced in 1988 and delivery in May 1989. In 2007 the system was placed in reserve as its ammunition was both expensive and time expired. The system fired a 5.8kg round to about 400m. Loaded, the FT-5 weighed 11kg.
It is not clear what will replace or augment the RPG-7. Bazalt, the company that now manufactures the weapon, has exhibited a range of RPG-7 successors at the last several African Aerospace & Defence exhibitions as well as a range of alternative warheads. SAAB, of Sweden, has since 2006 displayed the Carl-Gustaf M3 84 mm anti-tank weapon system as well as the disposable AT-4 and NLAW rocket launchers.
Level 5 system engineering, Logistics engineering and configuration data management support services during the acquisition of a MAN portable anti-armour missile system - extension of ETMG/2006/344
TMG/S2010/1193 4 Nov 2010 R542 441,21
TMG/S2009/1105 4 Feb 2010 R1 399 275,00
Other recent work allocated Pronex includes:
Staff support services during the Definition Phase of the integrated soldier system
ESDS/2010/38 22 Sep 2010 R1 040 400,00
Project study for the Acquisition of Protection systems for the South African Air Force Bases
EPMS/2008/329 8 Apr 2009 R255 000,00
System engineering staff support
ESCW/2008/173 20 Nov 2008 R636 075,00
Functional study for the replacement of the multiple rocket launcher capability of the SA Army
EAES/2008/270 6 Nov 2008 R350 877,00
Engineering support for the new Generation Infantry Combat Vehicle
EIVS/2007/636 26 Jun 2008 R4 621 980,00
Acquisition study for the new mobile and tactical power generation system for the SANDF
EMSS/2007/589 25 Mar 2008 R1 991 400,00
Project study power generating system - extension of EGSS/2005/661
MSS/S2007/0856 26 Jul 2007 R218 308,64
Staff support for the system study - extension of EGSS/2005/646
SDS/S2006/1606 12 Apr 2007 R344 080,00
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